Three taken to hospital in Corinth collision

Posted July 23, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.

CORINTH, Maine — Three people were taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a collision on Route 15, police said Wednesday.

Stacey Austin, 22, of Seal Harbor was heading northbound shortly before 3 p.m. when she stopped into Crescent Lumber long enough to pick up a passenger, Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said.

As Austin pulled back onto the road, her Dodge Neon was struck on the driver’s side by a pickup driven by Robert Ford, 55, of Corinth, Morton said. Austin’s passenger was Andrew McPherson, 25, of Dexter.

Austin was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for serious injuries, while McPherson also suffered serious injuries and was transported to EMMC by ambulance, Morton said.

Ford was driven to EMMC by a family member but later released.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash which remains under investigation.